Dog WellnessDog-friendly Plants for the Plant-loving PAWrents

March 9, 2021by admin
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There are two things that usually bring people happiness and peace of mind: nature and pets!

Dogs and flowers

If you live in a place in the city, usually bringing nature in helps you develop a sense of calm and that can be the same for your dog too. However, dogs do tend to sniff and chew on things that are new to them, most especially plants. For you to be able to liven up your space worry-free, here’s a list of dog-friendly plants and plants toxic to dogs:

NON-TOXIC:

Air Plants

Air plants good for dogs

These are common indoor plants because they don’t require much — they don’t even need soil! They’re hardy and non-toxic, so even if your pet nibbles on them no harm will come to them. Also, they help emit oxygen and reduce stress.

Herbs

Herbs good for dogs

A great way to save up on your expenses is to purchase your herbs and grow them at home! Dogs are generally fine to be around herbs. A few examples of dog-friendly herbs are Rosemary, Oregano, Turmeric, and Basil. You can even incorporate these into your dog’s diet!

Zebra Cactus Plant

Zebra cactus plant good for dogs

Not only does it look funky and cool, but it also can be around your pets (both dogs and cats). It is a small species of ornamental succulent plant and one of the most cultivated of the Haworthiopsis. Despite it being similar to an Aloe, it does not contain any poison for your dog.

Boston Fern

Boston Fern good for dogs

This hardy indoor plant earned its common name from the fact that the leaves tend to fold together at night. They help clear the air in your home by filtering the pollutants.

TOXIC:

Philodendrons

Philodendrons good for dogs

These are statement pieces in a household. They are a classic, and practically no-fail houseplant because it’s so easy to grow. However, their massive leaves can cause oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing when ingested by your pet.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily good for dogs

A popular choice for offices and homes because of its elegant look. It isn’t technically poisonous, but it contains a compound (calcium oxalate crystals) that can be extremely bothersome to pets. Pollen from it can also cause oral irritation when licked directly or off your pet’s paws.

Aloe

Aloe good for dogs

Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that may help protect your skin. Although it is considered a medicinal plant to hoomans and relatively has mild toxicity, it can make your pets experience vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy.

Selloum

Selloum good for dogs

Yet another big leafed variety of the Philodendron! It’s a hardy plant that is generally loved in the plant community. However, they can be harmful and cause severe respiratory problems when ingested by your pet.

Pothos

Pothos good for dogs

Also known as the “Devil’s Ivy”, it is a favorite in the plant community because of how easy it is to take care of. It is a plant that is hardy and can either be a trailing plant or a creeping one. This plant is toxic to dogs as it can irritate the mouth and tongue. In addition, your pet may suffer from vomiting, increased salivation, and swallowing difficulties.

Poisonous plants for dogs

After reading this list, you probably felt a bit sad ’cause most of the beautiful decorative plants are considered toxic to dogs. Well, don’t worry! It’s definitely possible to fill your space up with dog-friendly (and not-so-friendly) plants even if you have a pet at home! Now that you’re aware, you can be strategic in where you place them, allowing your plants and pets to co-exist!

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